A guest blog from Jacqui Lovesey
So, some things you need to know about Ursula Brifthavfen Stoltz:
- She is a white hare.
- She is a witch.
- She appears in the Matlock the Hare books I create with my husband, Phil.
- I have been painting her for 7 years now, in various guises, and on various adventures in the Matlock the Hare trilogy and our other books.
- She ‘talks’ to me.
Probably all good until point 5, I’m guessing – the ‘talking’ one. Here, surely, is the rambling of a hard-working illustrator who doesn’t get out that often. But please bear with me. As other artists and writers will tell you, the longer you’re focussed on creating and bringing ‘life’ to a character, the more they begin to surprise you with unexpected mannerisms, gestures, opinions – and yes, even ‘advice’. And Ursula, a white hare-witch from across the Icy Seas, certainly has a lot of that.
Gradually, the idea to create an oracle deck of Ursula’s ‘witchy wisdom’ grew in my mind. Here could be the perfect platform to allow her thoughts on all sorts of matters to be aired. As someone who both owns and uses oracle decks, I couldn’t think of a better vehicle to express the insight that has bought me both comfort and whimsy in the past.
So I set to work painting 44 brand new watercolours for the deck, alongside Phil writing a 108 page booklet that details all the meanings of each card. The deck itself will be split into 7 sections: Air, Fire, Water, Earth, Spirit, Celtic Festivals & Witch – and using it to connect with your own inner wisdom couldn’t be simpler! Just let yourself be drawn to the card that ‘speaks’ to you, then discover how its meaning relates to your situation.
I’m currently funding the deck on Kickstarter – and if you’d like to join the project and let a little of Ursula’s ‘White Hare Wisdom’ into your life, please take a look at the project to discover more about, me, Ursula and the deck. And, of course, besides the deck itself, there’s a saztaculous plethora of other goodies and rewards for backers, too! Hopefully, you’ll decide to become a backer, and allow Ursula to begin ‘speaking’ to you, too…
(I’ve supported this Kickstarter, Matlock the hare stuff is reliably gorgeous and soulful. You can get involved here – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/934318055/white-hare-wisdom-oracle-card-deck )